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Best Prime Day Robot Vacuum Deals: What to expect in October

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Amazon has announced the Prime Early Access Sale, a major sales event that falls between Prime Day and Black Friday. It will be taking place on October 11 and October 12, and Amazon is promising huge discounts on all sorts of tech. This is great news for anyone who missed out on the first round of Prime Day deals, and for anyone looking to kick off the holiday shopping season with a discount on one of the best robot vacuums. Brands like iRobot are likely to be mentioned quite a bit in the coming weeks, as the popular maker of the Roomba is now owned by Amazon, making many Roomba models likely to see discounts.

In fact, the Roomba 694 and the Roomba E5 saw major discounts during the first round of Prime Day deals, and many of the best Roomba alternatives are likely to see discounts during the Prime Early Access Sale as well. Many early robot vacuum deals are already starting to trickle out, with the event closing in quickly. Read onward for more details on these Prime Day robot vacuum deals, and on how best to navigate this event with Black Friday hanging out in its footsteps.

Today’s best Prime Day robot vacuum deals

Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S — $150, was $230

Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S on a carpet next to a sleeping child.

When choosing a robot vacuum, Eufy always features prominently when it comes to great budget-friendly options. That’s because the vacs pack a lot of features into a fairly low price. That’s certainly the case with the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S. While it might not be the most powerful robot vacuum, it’s ideal for those that want to take the edge off their home cleaning routine. It operates quietly despite providing suction power of up to 1,300Pa. In conjunction with that and when you need a bit more oomph, it can increase that amount of suction for 1.5 seconds whenever it detects that extra vacuuming strength is needed to get a stubborn case of dirt out of your home carpet or floor. Known as BoostIQ, it’s pretty useful.

In general use, the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S can work for up to 100 minutes on hardwood floors before it needs to head back to base to recharge. Don’t worry — it’s smart enough to know when that has to happen. During usage, it provides you with consistent and powerful suction, so there’s no need for it to go back to base any earlier. The Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S promises to be no louder than an operating microwave too.

The Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S is fairly robust as well. It has an infrared sensor that means it knows when to evade obstacles. In addition, it has drop-sensing technology so it knows how and when to avoid any potential falls downstairs. An anti-scratch tempered glass-top cover keeps the vacuum looking good too, even if it’s sent a while crawling around under furniture to keep your home extra tidy. As a simple to use yet very effective budget robot vacuum, the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S has it all, right down to a simple remote for when you want to get more involved.

iRobot Roomba i3 — $300, was $350

The iRobot Roomba i3 cleaning along base-trim.

The iRobot Roomba i3 is a great all-rounder device. If you’re looking to keep your home clean and safe from some particularly stubborn dirt, the iRobot Roomba i3 has you covered thanks to some fantastic suction power and a three-stage cleaning system. It promises to offer 10 times the power-lifting suction of previous models. Through that, it can pull in dirt, dust, and pollen. It’s even ideally suited for pet shedding season with the iRobot Roomba i3 smart enough to offer extra cleaning sessions during such times.

Such intelligence continues throughout as the iRobot Roomba i3 learns your cleaning habits and suggests cleaning times that work around your schedule while still ensuring that your home looks a delight at all times. Its smart navigations system means that the iRobot Roomba i3 can navigate and map your home in neat rows using its state-of-the-art floor tracking sensors. That way, it knows where it can and cannot reach, while also learning where it needs to focus cleaning the most thanks to its dirt detect sensors. Besides offering up personalized schedules based upon your needs, you can also control it through the app or via your voice courtesy of Google Assistant and Alexa support. It’ll even suggest extra cleans during pollen season, proving ideal for anyone who suffers from allergies.

Ideally suited for homes with pets, the iRobot Roomba i3 has unique dual multi-surface rubber brushes so they can’t get tangled with pet hair. The brushes adjust and flex accordingly so they stay in constant contact with carpets and hard floors. A high-efficiency filter traps 99% of cat and dog dander allergens so your home is cleaner and fresher for all. If you want the iRobot Roomba i3 to do even more, it’s also compatible with the Braava Jet m6 robot mop so it can mop up after you. It also works with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal if you decide you don’t want to manually empty it anymore. It’s a great investment for a clean home.

iRobot Roomba i6 — $413, was $550

iRobot Roomba i6 (6150) Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum - Light Silver on a hard wood floor sucking up dirt.

The iRobot Roomba i6 is basically like having a cleaner in your home. It’s incredibly smart as well as powerful. It uses a premium three-stage cleaning system with 10 times the power0lifting suction compared to previous Roombas. That wouldn’t be much use if the iRobot Roomba i6 didn’t know what to do next but it probably knows more about your home dirt situation than you do. That’s because it uses vSLAM navigation to learn the layout of your home, before building personal Smart Maps that help it know where to clean most efficiently and most effectively too. It conducts the job in neat rows so that it uses its battery in the most efficient way possible. When it runs low on charge, it heads home to its base, recharges, then returns straight back to where it left off.

Smart mapping also means that it knows the difference between your rooms. It’s easy to teach it to keep out of certain areas such as pet bowls or play areas, while also focusing on dirtier surroundings too. Learning where you normally clean, the iRobot Roomba i6 will even suggest personalized schedules so it can handle situations accordingly. For instance, during high pollen times or pet shedding season, it will suggest extra cleanings to keep on top of your home a bit more efficiently. For those individual times when there’s a sudden spill, you can always call out to it and its voice assistant support means that the iRobot Roomba i6 will be right there to help out.

For pet hair, the iRobot Roomba i6 won’t get tangled up either. It has unique dual multi-surface rubber brushes that mean the brushes adjust and flex at all times. That way, they stay in constant contact with your carpets and hard floors so that you always get a great clean. A high-efficiency filter also means that 99% of cat and dog dander is trapped meaning a cleaner and healthier floor for you. Basically, the iRobot Roomba i6 will clean your home better than you could.

iRobot Roomba j7+ — $799, was $850

iRobot Roomba j7+ in charging base.
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The iRobot Roomba j7+ does a fantastic job of avoiding wires, maintaining itself, and providing you with some great all-around cleaning. It offers all the richness of a great robot vacuum and a bunch more too. iRobot calls it the world’s smartest cleaning robot. That’s because the iRobot Roomba j7+ is able to avoid objects in an intelligent way while still cleaning efficiently. It even promises to be able to avoid unexpected pet accidents saving you the risk of horror stories you may have already seen online with robot vacuums getting pet waste caught up in its brushes and spreading it around. iRobot is so confident of that feature, it will replace it for free if an incident occurs.

Elsewhere, the iRobot Roomba j7+ is able to clean the home multiple times a day by learning and adapting to your home’s needs. It uses iRobot Genius Technology and PrecisionVision Navigation to recognize and avoid common objects so you don’t even have to worry about picking up before it cleans. Smart Mapping ensures you can control and schedule which rooms are cleaned and when with multiple maps helping out if your home has multiple floors. It’s simple to set up keep out zones as well as clean zones, with the latter ensuring the iRobot Roomba j7+ focuses on those spots. Personalized cleaning schedules can also be arranged so extra cleaning sessions happen during allergy season or pet-shedding times.

Other features keep on coming too. It has a powerful three-stage cleaning system with 10 times the power-lifting suction of before. An edge-sweeping brush means walls and corners can be cleaned up well too, with brushes that never get tangled with pet hair as well. The iRobot Roomba j7+ is able to spot clean if you call it via Google Assistant or Alexa. Maybe best of all is its ability to automatically empty its own bin thanks to an enclosed bag system. That way, you won’t have to worry about many tidying up duties either.

iRobot Roomba s9+ — $999, was $1,100

iRoomba S9 Plus on a hard wood floor next to a vase.

The iRobot Roomba s9+ is the ultimate robot vacuum. The most advanced suction possible on a Roomba, it has 40 times the suction power of what you would ordinarily see. With its superior three-stage cleaning system, it is able to lift, loosen, then eliminate debris and pet hair from deep within your carpet. It’ll even automatically increase suction for a deeper clean when it feels it’s necessary thanks to its power boost technology. It’s clever too. Thanks to PerfectEdge technology, its advanced sensors and a specially designed corner brush mean that cleaning is optimized even in corners and along edges. Its dual rubber brushes are 30% wider than others so pet hair has no chance of getting tangled up.

The iRobot Roomba s9+ also uses vSLAM navigation to learn the layout of your home before building personal smart maps. That way, it can navigate your home efficiently in neat rows, while expertly cleaning as it goes along. A cool careful drive mode will even spot when an object is in its way, carefully cleaning around them. Spot cleaning is also possible if you simply tell it to clean under the kitchen table, for instance, courtesy of voice assistant support.

Smart and able to detect what it needs to clean and what it should avoid, the iRobot Roomba s9+ comes up with suggestions of more efficient schedules for when it’s allergy or pet shedding season so your home always looks great. You won’t need to maintain it much either thanks to its automatic dirt disposal system that means it can empty itself for up to 60 days. You can even pair it up with the Braava jet m6 robot mop if you want extra cleaning functionality. Adapting to your situation perfectly, the iRobot Roomba s9+ is the in-home cleaner you never knew you needed so much.

Should you shop these Prime Day robot vacuum deals or wait until Black Friday?

While Black Friday is traditionally the best time of the year to grab a major discount, this second Prime Day sales event throws a wrinkle in holiday shopping strategies if you’re in the market for a robot vacuum. The Prime Early Access Sale allows an opportunity to purchase a robot vacuum with essentially zero risk of missing out on the best deal of the year. This event takes place a little more than a month before Black Friday, which makes Black Friday fall within the return window of any robot vacuum you purchase during the Prime Early Access Sale. This means you can make a purchase during the Amazon event, and return it if you find a better robot vacuum deal on Black Friday.

The existence of this second Prime Day event doesn’t negate what traditionally takes place on Black Friday. It will still be a day full of massive discounts, and it will still be a great time to purchase a robot vacuum. But its popularity does bring risks, in that inventories can run out and shipping times can lengthen, often causing people to miss out on the robot vacuum they want, or having to wait until well after the holidays for it to arrive.

You should still take Black Friday seriously as a shopping event, but whether you think you’ll find a better deal than during the Prime Early Access Sale, it’s best to get your shopping done early to ensure you land the robot vacuum you want, and that you land it at a discount. The Prime Early Access Sale allows you to do that, and if a better deal turns up on Black Friday, you can easily re-evaluate your purchase at that point. You can also read up on how to choose a robot vacuum in preparation for the upcoming Prime Early Access Sale.

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